Summer is here as indicated by the temperatures outside and the buzz in the air or people going to the beach and boardwalk, but it also brings about celebration which is good but there are some safety rules you need to follow.

Yes, fireworks are legal in New Jersey as of this time last year, but not all of them nor should you test fate and try to do it yourself.

During this upcoming summer celebration, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people that fireworks are dangerous and illegal, with the exception of certain sparkling devices and novelty items, and should only be handled by the professionals.

According to the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, in 2016, 1,100 injuries occurred nationwide due to fireworks, most often with burns to the hands and head, including to the eyes, face, and ears.

In 2017, during a two week period, prior to and after the Fourth of July holiday, the Monmouth County 9-1-1 Communications Center received 273 calls related to fireworks. For 2016, during that time period, there were 193 fireworks related calls.

“The result of fireworks being handled in the wrong way can cause serious injuries,” Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “It’s important to know that the danger is not only limited to general Fourth of July fireworks. Even sparklers, which are now exempt from the state’s fireworks ban, should be kept away from small children, as they can easily cause harm.”

“It’s our intent to have that number decrease this year by sending the message out to stay clear of fireworks,” said Sheriff Golden. “Let the trained safety professionals handle the fireworks and celebrate America’s independence responsibly and safe.”

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